During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rock ‘N Rumble X in Boston on May 14th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether their mom is battling, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Austin Eichelberger, fighting out of Southpaw Boxing & Fitness.

Where are you from?
Derry, NH

Where’d you go to college?
Northeastern University

Did you play any sports growing up?
Baseball, Football and Crew

What do you do for work?

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I’ve always loved boxing from when I was young. I’ve always wanted to get in the ring but until now my life never went in that direction.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
To ultimately give back, challenge myself and put a check on my bucket list.

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
I’m drawing my inspiration from the people around me and the ones that I’ve lost to cancer. Since starting this journey the amount of people that have opened up with their experiences and stories is heartbreaking and warming at the same time.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
Down time is and has been to most difficult thing to give up. Days, when I spent time doing leisure activities, are now spent training.

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Spending time with my 2 kids is where I spend most of my free free time. I am thankful it’s not motorcycle season because that would be pulling at me if it was.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
My college buddies 100% and maybe an ex :)

Check out his fundraising page and be sure to wish him luck! Best of luck, Austin!